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Thank you for visiting the Chowchilla Water District Web site. As one of the largest agricultural centers in the world, the San Joaquin Valley is dependent on the surface water and groundwater that districts such as CWD provide. CWD is dedicated to providing quality water and services to the agricultural growers and communities in portions of Madera and Merced Counties. Dependable deliveries and efficient water management practices are not only policy but promises that CWD has kept for over sixty years.

Water Rate Set at $55 per Acre-Foot

The CWD Board of Directors set the water rate at $55 dollars per acre-foot for the 2013 water season.   With the passage of the $22 per acre Capital Repayment Assessment last year, it was possible to avoid the huge increase that would have been necessary in a dry year like this without it.

Start Date for Water Season Tenatively Set For June 17th

It would take a biblical downpour to improve the water supply this year. At this point that doesn’t appear to be in the cards. The Board of Directors has tentatively set the start date for the 2013 Water Season as June 17th. The water season will likely run for about 6 weeks.

High Speed Rail Lawsuit Settled

CWD and four other petitioners recently settled their lawsuit against the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). The CHSRA agreed to fully and promptly mitigate direct impacts from the High Speed Rail Project to CWD’s operation and maintenance of its water conveyance and delivery facilities. CHSRA agreed to implement effective mitigation, such as underpasses, to provide reasonable access for CWD’s personnel, vehicles and maintenance equipment to get from one side of the High Speed Rail Project to the other at locations where the High Speed Rail Project crosses CWD facilities and to implement other measures such that CWD’s operation and maintenance of its facilities is not significantly impaired or made significantly more expensive due to the High Speed Rail Project.

Inflow to Eastman Lake Continues to Dwindle

So far this year there has only been 17,257 acre-feet of inflow to Eastman Lake. The average annual inflow is about 72,000 acre-feet. Inflow in 2011 was 173,820 acre-feet but was only 15,219 acre-feet in 2012. Storage in Eastman Lake is currently 50,041 acre-feet and inflow is 13 cfs.

Bureau of Reclamation Reduces Declaration to 50% Class 1 Water

The Bureau of Reclamation reduced the water supply declaration to 50 percent Class 1 water for Friant Division districts based on the April 1st Department of Water Resources 90% exceedance water supply forecast. The Bureau of Reclamation will update its water supply declaration again during the month of May.